What was so unreasonable about Hamas’ demands anyway? Just asking this question will infuriate some people, and bring accusations that even asking such a question is “supporting terrorists.” But that is far from the case. It is a simple question really, and there reason why most will not answer it is simply because they can’t. That is, most simply do not even know what Hamas was demanding for a ceasefire.
Not only did Hamas outline their demands in detail, but they offered a solid ten-year truce if the demands were accepted.
So what were these demands? Was it that all Israeli Jews go back to this country or that? Was it for a Palestinian State “from the river to the sea?”
In fact, the demands Hamas made were so reasonable that it is actually surprising, even to many Palestinians.
Recently Mahmoud Al-Zahar, the current leader of Hamas said that the people of Gaza shouldn’t need Israel’s permission to build a seaport and airport. Now you know one of the ten demands Hamas made for a ten-year ceasefire.
The U.S. President at the time, Bill Clinton, had opened the airport, believing that it would be a symbol of hope and an imminent Palestinian State.
The people of Gaza, for their part, were euphoric when the airport was opened. They gathered by the thousands at its gate to watch the very first landing of the first Palestinian Airlines.
For three short years the people of Gaza were able to use this airport, and never once was it used in any sort of terrorist actions.
After those three years, the Israeli Defense Forces bombed the airport to punish the people of Gaza… Then the bulldozed it… Then they bulldozed it again, just to rub it in.
So what else besides an airport that should have never been destroyed in the first place was Hamas demanding?
The following list was compiled and translated by Micah ben David of the Hashlamah Project Foundation:
1. Removing Israeli tanks from the Gaza border to a distance that will allow Palestinian farmers to work their lands near the border freely.
2. Releasing all the prisoners that were arrested following the killing of the three teenage settlers, which ISIS claimed responsibility for carrying out.
3. Removing the siege from Gaza and opening the crossings for goods and for people.
4. Opening a sea port and an international airport that will be under UN inspectors.
5. Expanding fishing zone for 10 kilometers from the shore.
6. Turning the Rafah crossing into an international crossing under the inspection of the UN and ally Arab countries.
7. Halting fire while the Palestinian factions commit to a cease-fire for 10 years based on having International inspectors on the border with Gaza.
8. Israel should ease the access to and give permits to worshippers from Gaza strip to Al-Aqsa mosque.
9. Israel cannot get involved in the internal Palestinian political issues and the political reconciliation process and what follows of elections for presidency and parliament.
10. Reestablishing the industrial zones and improving the development in the Gaza Strip.
Does this list surprise you? If you are like most in the West it probably does.
We are told to believe that Hamas is demanding many outrageous things, and that it is impossible to negotiate with them because they want nothing short of the total destruction of all Jews in the region.
But that clearly isn’t the case. For years now, Hamas has explained that the founding charter of their party, which indeed contains much polemic, is nothing but a “historical document” to them, not the current vision of the party. Yet to turn on any right-wing media outlet, or read much from the Israeli media in general, you would think that their list of demands emanates directly from this out-dated text.
Now you know better, and since the mainstream, corporate media is refusing to report on this, it is up to people like you to help get the word out. Lives are literally on the line.
(Article by R. Abraham; Arman B; and M.A. Hussein; image via Reuters)